The August visiting teaching message is titled, Living a Consecrated Life. I’ve really been enjoying the visiting teaching messages in the past as they have been correlating with my life. I recently have taken part in Elder Russell M. Nelsons talk from last conference when he challenges us to learn of Christ more fully. This has been an eye opening experience for many reasons thus far but mostly because I am learning to have greater faith by my actions. I am giving up my time to study and my will. Below are some of my favorite parts of the visiting teaching message.
“To consecrate is to set apart or dedicate something as sacred, devoted to holy purposes,” said Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. “True success in this life comes in consecrating our lives—that is, our time and choices—to God’s purposes.”1
“We are changed. We look different, and we act different. The things we listen to and read and say are different, and what we wear is different because we become daughters of God bound to Him by covenant.”3
Elder Neal A. Maxwell (1926–2004) of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said: “We tend to think of consecration only as yielding up, when divinely directed, our material possessions. But ultimate consecration is the yielding up of oneself to God.
One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned in my life is that God has a plan and we are apart of it. He has guided my family as my husband and I have been prayerful even down to the decision of which apartment to live in. There comes times in our lives where our own plans and His plan do not align. What we want and what Gods plan calls for is different. Currently this has been our families case. A couple of months ago my husband lost his job after restarting his career last year. This decision to switch his career was undoubtedly divinely inspired. If you’ve been here to Canary Jane before you have probably heard me talk about this. But regardless, this moment in our life has been a lesson about consecrating our lives. Through our struggles the last year my husband and I have been brought to our knees and humbled. And we now know more than ever that we are on a path to living a concentrated life, and accepting the life God leads us to even if it is hard.
What is visiting teaching?
In case you’re wondering what I’m talking about, visiting teaching is a program in the LDS or Mormon church that asks female members to visiting assigned sisters or other female adult members over 18 once a month. The program is in place with the principal of service in mind and so that all members will be looked after and have their needs met. Every month there is a new spiritual message to share with your sisters. And with each of these messages I create a free printable. Personally, I have loved the friendships I have gained from serving and visiting teaching. In the LDS church there is also a program for the men called home teaching. If you would like to learn more about Mormons or the LDS church click here.
Free Visiting Teaching Printable
To go along with the message I’ve made this free visiting teaching printable! Instructions are below. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a wonderful time visiting your sisters. I make these each month to go along with each message so come back monthly to get yours! Looking for more resources you can also check out these general conference printables or this handout for the LDS primary theme.